Random Man with Meat Grinder Reconfirms My Faith in PeopleSubmitted by RobHino on Mon, 01/07/2013 - 21:19
I've always believed people are inherently good despite the propaganda which tries to convince us otherwise.
Imagine every person you've ever met in your entire life...every friend, acquaintance, co-worker or passer-by...every classmate, every sales person, and every family member.
How many of those people are evil or bad people versus how many of them are genuinely and generally good people?
But turn on the TV and all you see are reports of violence, theft, robbery, rape, murders, stabbings, etc.
It's almost like the powers that be need the populous to feel in danger so as to be the revered protectorate the rabble depend on. The government needs crime and fear of crime to justify its own existence.
So knowing this, I always try to find simple ways to show how people are inherently good and how we can take care of ourselves and even the less fortunate.
The following account is just one of those instances that show how good people really are:
My brother and I recently went hunting. It was my first real hunt, although I grew up with guns on a ranch. We'd always go off into the woods with shotguns and rifles, and shoot anything that moved. We were raised to eat what we shot, although as kids, sometimes we didn't follow that exactly! So the weekend after Christmas, my bro and I went on a discount ram hunt at Thompson Temple Ranch near Rock Springs, TX. It wasn't as exciting as the whitetail hunt we had the following weekend, but it was still fun and a great opportunity to learn a few things, check out the rocky hills of West Texas, stalk some Corsican Rams, and bag a Marino Ram. I'm going to European mount the horns and make some large throw pillows with the hide.
While some people don't take the meat and are just interested in the trophies, we were really interested in keeping the meat to stock our new deep freezer.
I told this same story to a random person in Walmart as we both waited for the sporting goods sales person to arrive to the department after being paged. He wanted to buy #00 buckshot, and I wanted to buy a meat grinder to grind up all my ram meat.
The sales person helped him with the shells (he bought all 15-20 boxes!), and I proceed to ask the sales guy, "do you have any meat grinders?" He mentioned that they did, but they sold out, and all they have left are dehydrators.
The random man, who I next found out was named Joseph, turned his head and said, "You want a grinder? I have a brand new meat grinder in my garage that I've never used. It's still in the box. I don't grind meat. You can have it."
I had to do a double-take. I wasn't sure I just heard that, so I asked, "Really? Man, that's awesome!"
He said, "Yeah, you can just come over to my house and pick it up."
Now, at that point, I had to start putting on the breaks...I mean, this guy just bought several cases of buckshot, and he's trying to lure me to his house by offering me a meat grinder!
He quickly realized the sound of that too, and corrected, "Actually, we can meet at the corner store. That'd be more appropriate, and I'd feel a little more safe. Or we can meet tomorrow during the day?"
We exchanged numbers, and he said not to call too late, but to give him a little time to go dig it out of the garage.
I called him as I got to my car, and again was extremely thankful for the kind gesture. I offered to pay him for it to which he responded, "I'll leave that up to you. It's yours either way. You seem like a nice kid who just shot his first ram. I want to encourage you to keep doing this kind of stuff."
As I got to the store, he pulled up and he reached into his back seat and grabbed a brand new meat grinder, still in most of the original packaging. He gave me the meat grinder, and I tried to give him the $40 cash I had in my wallet to which he responded, "I'm going to give you this, but you have to make me a promise."
Again, my preconditioned mind automatically assumed that he was going to make some sort of sexual gesture or something bad or offensive. And I'm someone who already knows that people are inherently good, but yet I still could not let my guard down.
He proceeded, "You have to promise to do something nice for someone else."
My eyes lit up and a big smile covered my face as I reached out to shake his hand, "Joseph, I do stuff like this all the time! That's a deal!"
He said, "Well then this is pay back."
I'm not looking for praise for trying to do good things for people or for helping others. I'm trying to inspire others to do the same.
Just before I made this post, I stumbled across this other act of kindness here at the DP as I attempted to contact a mod (read all the comment responses). I'm so curious what the email said Y!
I can only imagine the number of acts of kindness that permeate humanity on a daily basis, but I'm confident that good dwarfs evil.
My bro and I ended up staying up until about 2am butchering and packaging the quartered hind and front legs. We cooked up the back straps, and they were amazing! The trick, like with other wild game, is to let the meat soak in ice water for a couple days to let all the blood come out. Change the water regularly, and add more ice as it melts.